Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Regina, Sask, Canada
Because 40k is often silly and illogical that's why. Fact is traitor marines, and crusading loyalists would use what ever they thought worked best, and was available. However ultramarines and the like follow the codex arastates which sets out ridiculous rules like what are the acceptable armaments for the emperors angels of death. Honestly there is no fluff or logical reason why say CSM wouldn't just pick up tau pulse rifles and use them till they ran out of ammo, after all most of their bolters, and munitions are salvaged and I doubt they have a limitless supply of em.
It helps numb the sense of stupidity if you focus on the fact that 40k is both a fictional setting and a board game, as such they have to keep both relatively close together or else fans get annoyed. Sure writers take liberties, but SM's will always be primarily equipped with power armor, bolter, grenades. Its part of what makes them 40k space marines and not say star craft space marines.
Medusa: "I'm a witch, its my job to blaspheme against Gods."
Two Slaanesh daemons on the first go...hmm I guess the fates have spoken emperors children here I come